What a weekend away!! We went to Flamborough and had the most wonderful time.
We stayed at Flamborough Holiday Homes for two nights. Clean, tidy well organised site in a wonderful location for exploring as it is a bike ride from Flamborough village, South Landing, Flamborough Head / Selwicks Bay and Danes Dyke. Even for Eliza’s little legs. Did you know there is a Flamborough Castle?? Sadly it is particularly unimpressive though – the lighthouses are much better – old and new! All these sights are accessible via East Yorkshire Buses – more details here.
On arrival we parked at the North Landing and ate our lunch before walking to Thornwick Bay. This is a short walk from the car park (top left corner). Kids want to be able to walk as it is 3/4 mile and up and down steps. It’s beautiful when you get there. I love the chalk rocks! There were caves to explore and puffins too!! There is also a café on the top where you can enjoy an ice cream with a beautiful view. Do be careful of the tides….
There are more puffins at Bempton cliffs and some at North Landing (accessible from the same car park). There is also a café at this end too and toilets in the car park.
After a good nights sleep, Henry (biked) and I (ran) to South Landing – we will get me fit for the charity horse race at York Races in aid of Macmillan in September.
We then returned to the campsite for breakfast before heading to Flamborough lighthouse and Selwicks Bay on bike. The walk down is easier than Thornwick Bay on little legs but it is steep and stepped up and down. The cliffs are awesome and the sea blue with the added treat of 8 seals! Here the beach is quite stony with rock pools (not much sand). It is tide dependent though! There is a brilliant café with gorgeous ice creams and all day breakfasts.
You can walk along the coast from here and see the dinosaur drinking – Eliza thought it looked a bit like a hippo! Those a lot braver than me were near the edge – whereas I preferred to enjoy the view, slightly set back.
After biking back for lunch, we spent the afternoon at South Landing where there are chalk stones, rock pools and sand where you can build sand castles – winner winner! The is a road down to the beach with no steps which is easier on little legs. It is a bit steep but fine. The ice cream van made an appearance too! The Living Seas Centre is here as well as another car park and some toilets. We also saw the lifeboat practising here (on the morning run!) on Sunday morning too!
There are several pubs and a couple of restaurants in Flamborough but we opted for fish and chips from High Street Fisheries which were amazing!
On Sunday, we made a trip to Dane’s Dyke, it is a lovely nature reserve where the woods meet the beach. There is plenty of parking and a café. The beach is about a mile walk from the car park on paths which are stepped and quite steep but doable with little legs – here the beach is sandy with chalk boulders. It is tide dependent though so do check before you go. We had a good sand castle competition and waited for the sea to engulf them!
Flamborough is a lovely place for a few nights camping. We loved biking around. A great place where you can make your own entertainment! No amusements or shops full of shiny things to buy to be nagged about. There are lots coves and lovely beaches to explore. Most have steep ascents due to the nature of the chalk cliffs so do bare that in mind when taking little children. It is also tide dependent.
On the way home we stopped at Bondville Model Village – read the review HERE